February 21, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • Keyano Huskies Basketball: The Keyano Huskies have a matchup on the basketball courtroom towards the Northwestern Polytechnic Wolves on the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 for everybody 18 to 65, and consists of admission for each video games. Free entry for anybody below 18 or over 65.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: Upcoming house video games at Centerfire Place: Drumheller Dragons on Jan. 26 and 27, Bonnyville Pontiacs on Jan. 30 and Feb. 27, Spruce Grove Saints on Feb. 9 and 10, Whitecourt Wolverines on Feb. 23 and 24. All video games begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and schedule.
  • Fe Artwork Exhibition: Fe Artwork Gallery is exhibiting a tapestry of latest Indigenous African Artwork on the Grand Ballroom of Shell Place. Jan. 27 and 28. Tickets are free.
  • Advert Astra: To the Stars by Jon Tupper: A pictures exhibit of the cosmos from award-winning photographer Jon Tupper, the primary of 4 artists having their pictures showcased on the airport in 2024. This free occasion is on Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the airport’s commentary space on the third ground. Extra data.
  • Curler derby try-it evening: Anybody 7+ is invited to strive curler derby with the Fort McMurray Curler Derby League. No expertise wanted. Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to eight p.m. at MacDonald Island Park. Directions on what to deliver and what to anticipate.
  • Multicultural EXPO: The Multicultural Affiliation of Wooden Buffalo’s annual Multicultural EXPO is Feb. 3 at MacDonald Island Park. Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo has many various cultures, languages and faiths. EXPO options a few of their meals, performances, historical past and humanities. Data and alternatives to take part.
  • DRIP suggestions: The Downtown Revitalization Incentives Program is returning after bringing thousands and thousands of {dollars} into Fort McMurray’s downtown. The RMWB needs to listen to suggestions till Feb. 5 from companies, candidates and residents. Extra particulars in our story.
  • Aaron Pritchett’s Liquored Up Tour w/ friends Cory Marks and Matt Lang: Feb. 7 at Earls. Doorways open at 7 p.m., present is 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets.
  • The Addams Household: A New Musical Comedy: Feb. 16-17, 22-24 at Keyano Theatre. Tickets and schedule.
  • WinterPLAY: Fort McMurray’s annual winter competition returns with classics like Shootout on the Snye hockey event, wagon rides, canine sledding and fireworks. This yr introduces sled demonstrations from Feb. 23 to 24, human curling, foam ball sling shot, fats bike races and snow skate demonstrations. All occasions are free and from Feb. 23 to March 3 at Snye Level Park. The RMWB has data on occasions and volunteers, distributors and registration.
  • Coronary heart of Wooden Buffalo Awards: The annual awards honour the achievements of leaders, philanthropists, volunteers and organizations locally. Nominations are open till March 15 at 11:59 p.m. FuseSocial has details about the awards and classes.
  • Wooden Buffalo Regional Library hosts all-ages weekly occasions.
  • MacDonald Island Park updates its web site with upcoming occasions and applications.
  • Wooden Buffalo Volunteers has volunteer alternatives for various causes and non-profits throughout Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.
  • Obituaries: Obituaries, memorial notices and sympathy bulletins.

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A member of Keyano’s esports crew on the school’s new esports enviornment on January 23, 2024. Picture equipped by Robert Murray of Keyano School

Keyano cuts the ribbon on $900,000 esports enviornment

Keyano’s management is betting massive on esports. It’s largest funding to this point was unveiled Tuesday at a ribbon slicing ceremony for its $900,000 esports enviornment, the primary of its type in Alberta.

The esports enviornment has 26 computer systems and three console stations, every that includes a Nintendo Swap and PlayStation 5. There may be sufficient room for the scholar athletes and the general public throughout competitions. Pupil teams, firms, neighborhood teams and the general public can lease the house.

Keyano president and CEO Jay Notay is aware of individuals are skeptical. He additionally had his doubts, as did many members of Keyano’s management when the thought was proposed. However Keyano sees alternative.

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Esports and video video games are value billions. Weekly tournaments in Alberta usually deliver greater than 100 rivals and the Alberta Esports Affiliation is selling the province as an esports vacation spot. Dozens of Canadian universities and schools have groups.

“The complexity on this sector exhibits that is one other trade that wants assist,” mentioned Notay. “If it helps youth keep in our area to dwell and work and be taught right here, Keyano’s executed it’s job.”

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Suncor Power’s base plant with upgraders north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on Wednesday September 27, 2017. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Picture by Vince Mcdermott /Vince Mcdermott/Right this moment Employees

Suncor makes adjustments to assist for non-profits

Suncor Power is slicing how a lot assist the corporate offers non-profits and narrowing its give attention to which teams get funding.

Suncor didn’t identify the organizations it’s going to now not fund. Suncor spokesperson Leithan Slade mentioned the adjustments affect just a few teams that have been already advised earlier this month.

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Funds that have been already promised by Suncor is not going to be affected. Teams that won’t obtain future assist will get an exit donation.

The corporate plans to assist its charitable basis with greater than $20 million for 2024, matching commitments from current years. The inspiration gave almost 100 non-profits and charities throughout Canada roughly $17.8 million in 2022.

The frugal method comes after Suncor minimize 1,500 positions final yr, saving $450 million yearly. Wealthy Kruger, who turned CEO and president of the corporate final April, mentioned Suncor will proceed discovering methods to trim, simplify or minimize operations within the identify of effectivity.

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Pipes for the Trans Mountain pipeline are unloaded in Edson, Alta. JASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press

‘A very long time coming’: Trans Mountain pipeline growth goals to be completed within the coming weeks

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It’s gone by way of extra peaks and valleys than the terrain it’s traversing, however the Trans Mountain growth mission is now 98 per cent full and focusing on to start working within the coming weeks.

The 1,150-kilometre mission will virtually triple the present capability of the pipeline, with TMX transferring 890,000 barrels per day to the Pacific coast for export.

Consultants say the federally owned mission will assist scale back the low cost on western Canadian oil, opening up new export markets for producers — probably to prospects in Asia — and permitting the sector to proceed rising output.

The mission has confronted opposition from environmental critics and the B.C. authorities of former premier John Horgan.

Critics have assailed its rising prices for a taxpayer-owned entity. The value tag has jumped to $30.9 billion from $5.4 billion. In 2018, the federal authorities purchased the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.4 billion.

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The Jubilee Centre in downtown Fort McMurray on March 6, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community jpg, FM

Council needs medical clinic timelines, deal executed by finish of March: The builders behind a deliberate medical clinic deliberate for downtown Fort McMurray will get extra time to finalize the sale of the land and to finish a timeline for development.

The development firm, Sultan Administration Group (SMG) Builders, will work with the municipality on finishing sale of the land by the top of March and on an inexpensive timeline for development of the power.

Building of a seven-storey clinic was to start on the finish of April 2024, however the mission has doubled in dimension. Planning, design work and allowing for this bigger constructing means SMG can’t begin development till June 2025.

A contract continues to be being negotiated between SMG and the RMWB, and no settlement has been signed. The RMWB nonetheless owns the land.

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Dissenting councillors have been pissed off with delays. Some questioned if the mission must be cancelled and the land return to the open market.

Council forgives tax debt on closed oilsands web site: A tax debt of greater than $4 million has been forgiven on an oilsands facility that stopped operations in 2015.

Greenfire Assets Working Corp. mentioned they wished to purchase the McKay facility that was owned by Southern Pacific after which Everest. Greenfire mentioned they’d not purchase the location in the event that they needed to cowl the excellent invoice.

Council authorized the aid since letting the location. If nobody purchased the location, it could have gone to the Alberta authorities’s orphan properly program.

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Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) speaks to media from Acden’s most important workplace in Fort McMurray on March 2, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

ACFN chief consulting with Ottawa on First Nations Clear Water Act

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Water and final yr’s tailings fluid leaks from Imperial Oil’s Kearl oilsands mine have been prime of thoughts when Indigenous leaders and technicians from round Alberta met with the federal minister of Indigenous providers in Edmonton.

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) attended the session, billed as “an act respecting water, supply water, consuming water, wastewater and associated infrastructure on First Nation lands.”

Within the wake of seepage and spills in 2022 and 2023 at Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake web site, ACFN is rising involved about inauspicious indicators of their consuming water. Water isn’t their solely fear in instances the place psychological well being and habit are issues throughout the board in all elements of Canadian society.

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“We wrestle like all different First Nations, with psychological well being points, the opioid disaster,” he mentioned. “We’re struggling like everybody else.”

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A charred bus is all that continues to be after it caught hearth on the Bridge to Nowhere on Freeway 63, north of Fort McKay, in northern Alberta, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED PHOTO /Logan Dyck

Bus catches hearth on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ north of Fort McMurray

Nobody was injured after a bus caught hearth whereas travelling on the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ south of Fort McKay on Wednesday.

Wooden Buffalo RCMP obtained a name round 5:40 a.m. a few bus that had caught hearth on the Peter Lougheed Bridge, in any other case often called the Bridge to Nowhere, on Freeway 63 close to Fort McKay, police mentioned in a Wednesday information launch.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the bus totally engulfed in flames. Police didn’t say how the bus caught hearth however all passengers have been in a position to escape the burning bus with none accidents.

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Marlena Bennett and Andrew Wall of Fort McMurray, Alta. seem in a picture uploaded to Bennett’s Fb account on June 11, 2019. jpeg, FM

Court docket hears closing arguments at trial: Andrew Wall and Marlena Bennett are accused of sexually assaulting an toddler, bestiality, and possessing and distributing baby pornography.

The Crown and defence legal professionals made their last remarks in a trial on the Court docket of King’s Bench in Fort McMurray. A decide will situation a verdict on Feb. 13.

This story mentions kids and a canine being harmed. The allegations might disturb some readers.

Man faces 25 expenses after ALERT seizes medicine, firearms and money: A 38-year-old man is dealing with a complete of 25 medicine and firearms offences after an ALERT investigation in Fort McMurray.

Police seized cocaine, illicit prescription capsules, three firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. One handgun was reported stolen.

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A tactical officer with the Edmonton Police Service rushes into Edmonton metropolis corridor after stories of gunshots on Jan. 23. One individual was arrested for firing a weapon and throwing a Molotov cocktail from the second ground. No accidents have been reported. Picture by Shaughn Butts/Postmedia Community
  • Edmonton capturing: Bezhani Sarvar, 28, made his first courtroom look Thursday after he was accused of firing a rifle and lobbing firebombs into Edmonton metropolis corridor on Tuesday. Nobody was injured. He seems to be the person in a video posted earlier than the assault and addresses a disjointed sequence of matters. They embody every little thing from inflation, immigration, housing prices and corruption to “the wokeism illness” and “the genocide that’s occurring in Gaza and all through the world.”
  • Sport of drones: Fifteen defence contractors will showcase new drone and counter-drone expertise this spring at CFB Suffield close to Drugs Hat. Canadian, American, British, Australian and Israeli companies hope to win improvement agreements with the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Hockey combat: The B.C. Hockey League has discovered firm in its discontent with Hockey Canada because the AJHL loses its groups in Brooks, Okotoks, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Blackfalds. The BCHL is a 17-team league that minimize ties with Hockey Canada in 2023 to run as an unbiased league.  The AJHL has revamped its schedule for the remaining season.
  • Physician suggestions: The Alberta Medical Affiliation says thousands and thousands in promised funds to assist rural and household practices and a brand new funding mannequin are nowhere in sight. Many are contemplating leaving Alberta or retiring early. Most household docs fear concerning the viability of their practices.
  • Pharmacist growth: Alberta’s authorities is celebrating a four-year $77-million funding by Customers Drug Mart to broaden its pharmacy clinics throughout Alberta, saying it’s going to ease strain on a strained public well being care system. The objective is to have 103 whole pharmacy care clinics below the company banner throughout the province by the top of this yr — a rise of 44 places.
  • Election fears: The Canadian Safety Intelligence Service says Alberta’s assets, economic system, and sizable ethnic communities make Alberta a “very enticing” goal to overseas powers to exert their affect. The notes, acquired by the Edmonton Journal by way of freedom of data requests, warn overseas interference makes an attempt should not restricted to the federal degree.
  • Learn up on the politics and tradition of Alberta  with Postmedia’s subscriber-exclusive e-newsletter, What’s up with Alberta? Curated by the Nationwide Submit’s Tyler Dawson each Tuesday and Thursday.

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